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Beyond the Bow Tie

Knoxville Garden Club decks the halls of Blount Mansion

By |December 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Blount Mansion is a special landmark here in East Tennessee, as not only the oldest museum but also the home of our state's first governor, William Blount. It's a beautiful home, but was recently made even more beautiful by the Knoxville Garden Club during its annual decorating for the holidays. The Garden Club has been [...]

Going Back to School – Principal for the Day at West

By |November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

My days at West High School ('76) were memorable and it was my honor to go back to my alma mater recently for a special opportunity. Thanks to the Partners in Education (PIE) Principal for a Day initiative, I was called to the principal's office, where I was able to take the helm at West [...]

Knoxville Represented at Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy

By |June 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I recently attended a great conference in Denver, Colorado with the Institute for Sustainable Communities. The three-day event, "Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy" focused on "Innovation in Building Resilient Communities." In this case, the organization defines resilience as "a logical extension of sustainability - the entwined social, economic and environmental health of people, places and system [...]

Knoxville Celebrates Transit with Try Transit Week: June 19-24

By |June 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

It's Try Transit Week here in Knoxville and each day has events to showcase transit options and features in our city. On Tuesday June 20th, I was able to take a special ride along with the mayor, area business owners, and a fellow councilman on the KAT Route 20 bus. Our destination was Central Flats [...]

What Knoxville Can Learn from the Atlanta BeltLine Initiative

By |June 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Recently I was able to attend a special event at the Knoxville Chamber with speaker Rob Brawner, executive director of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. Rob gave an engaging presentation about a project that's spurring development, improving health, and building community cohesion across Atlanta. According to Rob, the Atlanta BeltLine connects communities with new transit, trails, [...]

City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks

By |May 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

How walkable is your neighborhood? That is, how easy is it to get around and are there sidewalks, crosswalks, etc? Many communities in the United States are designed for automobile travel, but have little consideration given to the needs of walkers and other pedestrians. Lack of sidewalks, construction of sidewalks too close to roads and [...]

Unique Ribbon Cutting for New Public Restroom in Market Square Garage

By |December 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|

Ribbon cuttings are a common occurrence, but my most recent ribbon cutting was a bit more out of the ordinary. To open the new public restroom facility located in the Market Square garage,  instead of cutting a traditional ribbon, we cut a swag of toilet paper. The new restroom facility is located at the corner of Wall [...]

Ribbon Cutting at the Baker Creek Preserve Playground

By |December 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

Did you know the City of Knoxville offers hundreds of acres with outdoor opportunities in diverse park and greenway settings? This includes forests, flower-covered fields, quarry lakes, creeks, rivers, and bluffs, of which many are located just a few minutes away from downtown. One of these great outdoor opportunities awaits your family at Baker Creek [...]

Christmas in the City – 2016

By |November 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

**Reprinted from the City of Knoxville website** There's a lot to get excited about this holiday season in Knoxville, with the 2016 Christmas in the City, including ice skating with a holiday mascot, family portraits in a life-sized snow globe, and a “Peppermint Trail of Treats.” As of today, most of the 100,000 downtown holiday [...]

City of Knoxville Implements New Trash Carts – Jan. 2017

By |November 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Recently announced on the City of Knoxville blog, contractor crews will begin in December 2016 delivering the first of 60,000 new wheeled trash carts at no additional charge to Knoxville residences. The new standardized carts are a key component to modernize and improve the City’s household garbage collection. “Going to a citywide system that uses [...]